The 19th Annual University of Maryland
National Conference for McNair Scholars and Undergraduate Research

Graduate Student Panel

Chesapeake Ballroom, 7:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m., Friday March 16th, 2018

Chandra Reyna

Chandra is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Sociology department at the University of Maryland, College Park.

As an undergraduate at Boise State University, she examined how university culture can influence millennials’ explanations of racial phenomena and how students navigate issues of racial inequity using qualitative methods.

In her graduate studies, Chandra specializes in Social Psychology and Stratification with an emphasis on racial identity formation and maintenance within multiracial and communities of color.

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Zainab Okolo

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Dean's Panel

Chesapeake Ballroom, 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Friday March 16th, 2018

Dr. Steve Fetter

Interim Dean and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
University of Maryland, College Park

Steve Fetter is Interim Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, and Acting Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language. He has been a professor in the School of Public Policy since 1988, serving as dean from 2005 to 2009.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the American Physical Society, and a recipient of the APS Joseph A. Burton Forum Award. He has been president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs and a member of the Director of National Intelligence's Intelligence Science Board and the Department of Energy's Nuclear Energy Advisory Committee. He served as vice chairman of the Federation of American Scientists and received its Hans Bethe 'Science in the Public Service' award. He has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2009-12 and 2015-16 Fetter was on leave to the White House, where he served as assistant director at-large and led the energy and environment and national security and international affairs divisions in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In 1993-94 he served as special assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy Ash Carter, and he worked in the State Department as an American Institute of Physics fellow and as a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow. He has been a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, Harvard’s Center for Science and International Affairs, MIT’s Plasma Fusion Center, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also served as associate director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, and has been a consultant to several U.S. government agencies.

He received a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985 and a S.B. in physics from MIT in 1981.

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McNair Scholar’s Success Stories

Chesapeake Ballroom, 7:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m., Saturday March 17th, 2018

Dr. Waseem A. Malik

Dr. Waseem A. Malik obtained both his MSc and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland College Park, in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Prior to pursuing graduate education, he completed dual bachelor’s degrees in 2007 in the fields of Electrical Engineering, Cum Laude and with Honors in Engineering, and Mathematics also from the University of Maryland College Park. He was awarded the A James Clark Graduate School Super Fellowship (2007-2010) for his doctoral studies. He is also a recipient of the Lily Chen Excellence in Teaching Fellowship (2009), the International Engineering Council’s William L. Everitt Award (2007) for academic excellence, and the McNair Ambassador Award (2006) for leadership skills.

His research interests are in the fields of systems and control, optimization theory, cyber-physical systems, randomized algorithms, mathematical statistics, machine learning, and pattern recognition. Currently, he is a Senior Professional Staff at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maryland College Park, and a Lecturer in the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Kameron Van Patterson

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